Working with media

Media, such as images, video, audio and PDFs, can be added to records in many of your data sourcesClosed The management of a collection can involve a vast amount of information about objects / items / books, people and organizations, events, administration and more. This information is stored as records in data sources. Each data source stores a specific type of information: details about collection items, people, events, loans, and so on., notably the Catalogue (Object, Library, Moving image, Accessions), Loans, Exhibitions and Persons and institutions.

Media files are stored and managed in the Multimedia documentation data source, and a record is created in the data source for each media file (image, video, audio, etc.) added to Collections. We add media to records in other data sources by linking to these multimedia records. The link is made on the Media (or Reproductions) panel in Record details View using the Reference field:

media.reference (FN)

As you see in the image above, the Reference field (reproduction.reference (FN) or media.reference (FN)) can be repeatable and more than one occurrenceClosed If a field in the current record can have more than one value, we add an occurrence of the field for each value (e.g. a book can have multiple authors so we add an occurrence of the (au) field for each author). An occurrence can be a member of a group of fields, and adding an occurrence of the field adds all members of the group at once. can be added, which allows multiple media files to be associated with a record.

Note: Although Reference fields have an Image data type, they are used to link video, audio and PDF files as well as images.

Media can be viewed in a number of ways, including as thumbnails in Result set View and Gallery View, but most usefully in Media viewer, which is used to display images and play video and audio media linked to the current recordClosed The record currently displayed in Record details View or highlighted (with a solid grey background) in Result set View or Gallery View for instance. in a dedicated pane:

Media viewer

Details about working with Media viewer, including which file types are supported, are available here.

In this section we describe:

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